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MARIH2 New Public Management 5 op
Organised by
MDP in Research and Innovation in Higher Education
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2012–2013 X X
2013–2014 X X
2014–2015 X X

General description

The course is offered at the Danube University Krems, Austria.

Learning outcomes

The students will understand the rationales and objectives of the major changes in the tertiary education and research system towards new public management, deregulation, autonomy and marketization and will be able to analyse these developments with theoretical approaches of New Public Management, institutional economics, governance theories and principal-agent theory. They will be able to gain insights from these approaches for practical problems of tertiary education and research management. The students will be able to analyse and deal with the tensions between New Public Management and academic culture. They will be able to recognize and deal productively with the potentials and limitations of management tools and economic thinking in a tertiary education and research context. They will be aware of the relationship between development of the system, governmental policy and institutional management.


- New Public Management as the starting point of managerial reforms in the academic sector
- Economic theories relevant for steering and management in the academic sector (institutional economics, principal-agent-theory, governance)
- Application and applicability of management tools to higher education, potentials and limits of managerialism
- Differences, as well as similarities of higher education with respect to other public sectors (e.g. health) and with respect to other stages of education (e.g. primary and secondary education)
- The use of market mechanisms in tertiary education and research institutions
- Case studies to illustrate the logic and limitations of New Public Management and the academic sector

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Independent work

Case Studies
Literature review and Paper

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Literature review and Essay  Participation in course work 
In English
Numeric 1-5. 

Student workload:
Readings 35 Hours
Lectures, workshops and team work 30 Hours
Paper 60 Hours
Total 125 Hours

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
Assessment methods: Literature review and paper (50%), class attendance and presentation (50%)

Study materials

    Recommended reading

  • Barnett R (2003), Beyond All Reason, SRHE & Open University Press, Buckingham
  • Clark B (1983), The Higher Education System: Academic organisation in crossnational perspective, University of California Press, Berkeley
  • Clark BR (1998), Creating Entrepreneurial Universities: Organisational Pathways to Transformation, IAU Press/Pergamon, Oxford, New York, Tokyo
  • Kerr C (2001), The Uses of the University, Harvard University Press, Cambridge
  • Parsons T, Platt GM (1973), The American University, harvard University Press, Cambridge

Belongs to following study modules

Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.